It’s that time of year again. Stuff is piling up and chances are you are having guests at your house for the holidays. While Christmas is the best time of year for family reunions, sometimes the lack of space can make even the closest of guest feel a bit unwelcome.
It’s time to spend some quality time with the people you care about without having to worry about the lack of space.
In order to make sure that your guests feel comfortable and relaxed in your home, check out these tried-and true tips on how to prepare your home for holiday guests.
Start with the entryway
The entryway is the first impression, so make sure it counts. Decluttering your entryway is a must if you’re having guests over, especially during winter when heavy coats and boots take up much of the space. Remove the coats and jackets you’re not wearing and install a few additional pegs for the guest coats.
If you want to keep the entryway (and the rest of the house) relatively clean, use bristled mats. In addition to that, prepare slippers and kindly ask your guests to take off the shoes before entering the living room.
Extra shelves for a functional guest room
Throughout the year, the guest room is probably used as the storage room for boxes with old toys and clothes you no longer wear. But now the time has come to actually make the room functional again. However tiny your guest room is, there are certains spots which you can still use for storage if you don’t know where else to move your stuff. For example, under the bed, and a spare bedside table can also do the trick. If you’re up for some remodelling, the best thing for a guest room is to install underbed drawers and shelves that go all the way up to the ceiling. That way nothing looks cramped and yet you have a ton of storage.
Declutter the kitchen
During the holidays, kitchen is usually the focal point of the house. Good food is one of the first things that come to mind when people think of holidays. Plus, every guest is probably going to bring some of their own food, and before you know it your kitchen counters and your fridge are all cramped.
There are two or three ways you can deal with extra food. First, if you live in an area with cold winters you can simply put some of the food (that should otherwise go into the fridge) outside.
Secondly, use the spare fridge from your basement. Thirdly, you can make your own temporary fridge by filling it with loads of ice.
As for the counters, move the things you don’t necessarily need (like plants and decorative ceramics) somewhere else and keep kitchen counters clear.
Decluttering the bathroom
Last but not the least — you should consider decluttering your bathroom space as well. The first rule of thumb is: if you don’t use it — lose it. There are so many things you don’t even know you have until you start sorting it out. Once you’re done with that, put the smaller items you don’t use everyday in plastic containers or bags and store them somewhere out of sight. Use shallow baskets and cosmetic organizer trays to maximize the storage space. Make smart use of under-the-sink drawers and cabinets so that the surface around the sink and open shelves are clear for guests.
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